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Self-reliant India - A Robust local Supply chain : PM Modi

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

The Prime Minister's take on the importance of Supply Chain Management for an Atma-Nirbhar Bharat! (Self-Reliant India)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday , 12th May , 2020 , in his third address to the nation since the lockdown, pitched for an “Atma-Nirbhar Bharat” – a self-reliant India and considered strengthening the supply chain of the country as a huge contributing factor.

“The Corona crisis has explained to us the importance of Local manufacturing , Local market and Local supply chain. In times of crisis, this Local (market) has fulfilled our demand, this Local has saved us. Local is not just the need, it is our responsibility also. Time has taught us that we must make the Local as a mantra of our life,”

Speaking on the same, the Prime Minister mentioned Economy (an economy that brings Quantum Jump rather than Incremental change), Infrastructure (an infrastructure that became the identity of modern India), Our System, (a system that is driven by technology which can fulfill the dreams of the 21st century; a system not based on the policy of the past century) and Our Demography (Our Vibrant Demography is our strength in the world’s largest democracy, our source of energy for self-reliant India) as the other contributing factors in the journey towards making a self-reliant India.

He also said, “Self-reliance is possible only through inner strength and self-belief. Self-reliance also prepares the country for a tough competition in the global supply chain. And today, it is the need of the hour that India should play a big role in the global supply chain.”

The economic package of INR 20 Lakhs Crores announced by the PM has been made keeping in mind the role India should play in the global supply chain and ensure an increase in efficiency and quality of all the sectors.

After COVID-19, India can be at centre of Global Supply Chains: PM Modi

(COVID-19) : Suggesting that the post-coronavirus world will demand new business models, Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisioned that Adaptability, Efficiency, Inclusivity, Opportunity, and Universalism would be vowels of the new grammar of business and work culture.

Amid the global disruption caused by COVID-19, Modi said that “today, the world is in pursuit of new business models” and that India could play a leading role in what is to come next, and can also become the nerve centre of global supply chains. “India, a youthful nation known for its innovative zeal can take the lead in providing a new work culture,”

“India, with the right blend of the physical and the virtual, can emerge as the global nerve centre of complex modern multinational supply chains in the post COVID-19 world. Let us rise to that occasion and seize this opportunity,” he added.

Reaching out to professionals through a post on professional networking site LinkedIn, the Prime Minister said India should “rather than playing catch up” be “ahead of the curve in the post-COVID world”. He said India should think about “how our people, our skills sets, our core capabilities can be used in doing so”.

He said that “the next big ideas from India should find global relevance and application” and that these ideas should “have the ability to drive a positive change not merely for India but for the entire humankind”.

COVID-19 does not see race, religion, color, caste, creed, language or border before striking. Our response and conduct thereafter should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood. We are in this together. Unlike previous moments in history, when countries or societies faced off against each other, today we are together facing a common challenge. The future will be about togetherness and resilience.

On possible “vowels of the new normal” of the post- COVID world, PM Modi explained that it is the “need of the hour” to think of “business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable” and mentioned “digital payments is a prime example of adaptability”. He encouraged shop owners to “invest in digital tools that keep commerce connected, especially in times of crisis”. Businesses should have “models that attach primacy to care for the poor, the most vulnerable as well as our planet”.

“There is a significant future in developing technologies and practices that reduce our impact on the planet.”

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